Celie Twists


At least that is what I call them. If you search the hair blogs or You Tube, you will find that this hairstyle falls under many names. The names include but are not limited to, Halo Twists, Unicorn Braids, Milkmaid Braids, Goddess Braids and etc. Whether the hair is twisted or braided, I am sure the list of names continues. These are just a few of the names that I am aware of. If you click on the names I mentioned, you can view tutorials on how to achieve this hairstyle. I do not know how to cornrow so I stick to my two strand flat twists. I learned how to flat twist from Laila aka Fusion of Cultures on You Tube. Her video How-To 101: Flat Twist Basics has helped a sista out. I am not a hair styling expert at all but I can do some mean Celie Twists. I call them Celie Twists simply because they remind me of Whoopi Goldberg’s character Celie’s hair in the film The Color Purple. See the first picture above for reference. I usually do my Celie Twists on my stretched hair that I blow-dried first. I can do them without blow-drying my hair but my hair and twists do not look as neat. It’s also easier for me twist my hair if its first blow-dried. However, when it’s blow-dried too straight, the ends of my twists tend to easily unravel. When my hair is too straight, I keep the ends in place with numerous bobby pins. Though, usually in a couple of days, my hair thickens up due to humidity and heat. As a result, I then only need one or two bobby pins to hold my twists together.

I have always liked this hairstyle and I never ever thought that I would be able to do it myself. When I first started flat twisting, I could not twist my hair to make the two twists join together at the back. As a result, I used to put a bun in the back. My best friend always told me to twist my hair all the way to the back without a bun. I have finally mastered doing just that, see my pictures below. Practice makes perfect when it comes to this hairstyle. If I can master it, ANYONE can, emphasis on ANY!! I wear Celie twists ALL the time because it’s the only style that I can do. I am always amazed and extremely surprised by the compliments on my Celie twists. I have always liked them but since I wear them all the time, I’m always bored with them. Even when it’s sloppy, someone always tells me how nice it looks. The compliments are so sweet; especially when people think I paid someone to do my Celie twists. I think to myself, “Wow, people think I paid for this, I am doing something right!” Celie twists can be worn anywhere. I wear them to work all the time (not currently because I have Marley twists installed), and I have worn them to a wedding. It is a very convenient, classy, chic and simple hairstyle.

Please look at my Celie twists inspirations below πŸ™‚ Click on the highlighted names to view video tutorials and pictures!!

Baltimore Natural hairstylist Zarah Charm and her Five Minute Chic Twists



Simply Cre8eve and half of her Unicorn Braids


French fashion blogger Revele Toi and her lovely twists

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Nik Scott of Long Hair Don’t Care TVΒ Β  and the back ofΒ  her Halo Twist



Romona Thomas, that girl with the hair. Check out her You Tube video for this look.



Actress Tracee Ellis Ross with The Milkmaid Braid

Special Screening Of "The September Issue" At LACMA - Arrivals


Actress Zoe Saldana, Image obtained from Zimbio



Here are some pics of my Celie twists πŸ™‚

Last June, rocking them at a hot summer wedding <3



Erica Layne captured the back of my Celie twists at The Good Hair Blog’s Big Hair and Brunch last April.



My Celie twists one Sunday morning before church.



My Celie twistsΒ  with the bun in the back last September.



Before the Big Hair and Brunch last April. That was a great Celie twists hair day.

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Have you rocked Celie twists? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Thank you for reading and God bless you πŸ™‚

~Amma Mama

  • Coconut + Cream
    September 12, 2013

    This style has to be my favourite – But I must admit, even though I’ve been doing them for about two years now, they’re never as neat as yours! They suit you so well. ^_^

    • ammamama
      September 13, 2013

      Aww thank you!! I love yours though. I saw it when you were featured on BGLH :-)! <3

  • TWA4now
    September 17, 2013

    Very nice!

    • ammamama
      September 17, 2013

      Thank you and I appreciate you following the blog πŸ™‚

  • LetmebeRae
    October 28, 2013

    Very cute and classy. I will have to try that out one day when I don’t feel like twisting my hair.

    • ammamama
      October 28, 2013

      Yes you should def try it. It’s my quick go to style, even though I am bored with it. *yawns* lol
      Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  • LetmebeRae
    October 28, 2013

    Well in like mini twists or something that is lol this is a simple twist

  • LN
    November 11, 2013

    Hey Amma Mama,

    This is a great post and, with your permission, I’d love to share it on BGLH! I spotted it while perusing BGLH Gallery. Let me know your thoughts.


    • ammamama
      November 11, 2013

      Hey Leila!
      Sure I would be honored, thank you πŸ™‚

  • geri
    November 13, 2013

    this is really beautiful! i mean it πŸ™‚

  • D'aller Naturel
    November 11, 2014

    I call them halo or crown twists, but yes, it’s an easy, classy, go-to style for my “lazy” days. They look great on you! πŸ™‚

    • ammamama
      November 14, 2014

      Aww thank you! yes perfect lazy day style.

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